Sometimes, you just can't help but get the occasional shaving nick. It can happen when we're in a hurry, careless, or simply using a poor shaving technique. Either way, shaving cuts happen to everyone at some time or another.
Try these tried-and-tested skincare products and at-home remedies to treat these annoying little injuries.
So you've just swiped the razor over your skin, and now you're bleeding. To treat the razor nick and make the bleeding stop, go grab an ice cube. Ice will help constrict the blood vessels and ultimately, stop the bleeding. Plus, applying ice on your skin after shaving makes your skin appear smoother and instantly reduces redness.
If it's too cold to apply directly, wrap the ice cube in toilet paper. This way, you'll get the cooling benefits of ice without the discomfort. And if you really can't stand the idea of putting ice on your razor burn and nicks, run it under cold water instead. Or try applying a cool compress to the area using a soaked washcloth.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, witch hazel is an excellent astringent that can help slow the bleeding and reduce irritation. Using a cotton ball, apply witch hazel to the irritated or bleeding area. Re-apply throughout the day to keep the keep the area treated.
According to dermatologists, witch hazel is also effective at preventing razor bumps. Simply apply a small amount after shaving to calm inflammation, remove residue on the skin, and reduce your risk of developing razor bumps.
Classic eye drops contain an active ingredient called tetrahydrozoline which helps constrict the blood vessels and prevents bleeding. Simply apply a few drops to the affected area. It's a quick fix for stopping the bleeding and triggering the healing process.
You can instantly halt a shaving nick by using a tool known as a styptic pen or pencil. It essentially promotes quicker clotting so your nick can stop bleeding and start healing.
However, you'll need to look for a styptic pencil that contains aluminum sulfate. Aluminum is a hemostat, an agent that ceases bleeding.
Vitamin E is packed with powerful antioxidants and is great for moisturizing, hydrating, and soothing the skin. Apply several times a day to the affected area to keep things smooth, soothed, and pretty.
Interestingly, lip balms or chapsticks that contain any type of wax, including beeswax, will help clot the blood and act as a temporary sealant. In addition to stopping the bleeding, it will help protect the cut from contamination, thus preventing infections.
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This duo gently soothes irritation, decongests pores, combats ingrown hairs and softens the skin for a razor rash free, silky smooth existence. Use anywhere hair meets skin for instant hydration and a noticeably softer texture.
Once the bleeding subsides, go in with a soothing aftershave oil like Truly's Glazed Donut Shave Oil. This summer scented, cooling post-shave oil replenishes lost moisture while relieving inflammation and combating ingrowns.
Coconut’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties work in tandem with vitamin E to address razor nicks, burns, and irritation, so you can feel super silky and soft after shaving. The formula also contains passionfruit for improved blood flow and additional hydration.
Applying a spot-treatment to your shaving nick will expedite healing. Try Truly's Jelly Booster Pigment Treatment, a serum infused with a blend of antimicrobial pomegranate and inflammation-quelling vitamin B2. Together, these ingredients work to treat irritation, hyperpigmentation, trauma to the skin, and ingrown hairs. It also contains Witch Hazel Water, which helps protect the barrier against inflammation-causing substances. Dab on the treatment 2-3 times per day for quick healing.
Many guys swear by alum block for healing razor cuts. But what exactly is it? Alum block is a small brick that resembles a bar of soap made of the mineral potassium alum, which disinfects cuts and stops bleeding. Apply it against the entire shaved region to stop bleeding, treat irritation, prevent razor burn and ward off ingrown hairs. It's pretty old-school, but it works!
Applying a small amount of petroleum jelly, or Vaseline, to your cut does the same thing as lip balm. Just remember to wipe it off before you leave the house.
It sounds kinda bizarre, but some people swear by it.
If you don’t have a styptic pencil or alum block on hand, spray on a bit of your anti-perspirant deodorant on your nick. The aluminum chloride inside acts as an astringent, stopping the bleeding and promoting healing.
While shaving nicks are extremely common, there are a few ways to prevent them from occurring.
Choose Your Shaver Wisely
The type of razor you use can be the difference between post-shave pain and post-shave perfection. Always choose a high-quality razor before starting your shaving sesh. You may even consider trying a safety razor to keep things extra safe!
Always Apply Shaving Cream
Without shaving cream, your skin is prone to nick, burns, and bumps. Always lather up with a cream, butter, or gel before getting started.
Take Your Time
Don't rush the process. Remember, great things take time.
Always Shave in One Direction
Avoid swerving and shaving in different directions, as this is when nicks happen. Stick to one direction when gliding the razor across your skin, and avoid making any sharp turns.
Of course, if the bleeding is severe, get out your first aid kit and apply pressure to the area to stop the bleeding. Or, head to the hospital if things get super messy!